Affiliated with British Dressage, the Centre has hosted events on their behalf for over 20 years.
These are generally held monthly at all levels from Prelim to advanced PYO (including Grand Prix where judge availability permits) all year round. We even run Freestyle Dressage to Music classes too.
Quest Club is a series of events run by British Dressage encouraging the less serious riders to either compete at Intro, Prelim and Novice levels in MyQuest individual classes or team together with 3-4 friends and compete in TeamQuest classes. The nice thing about TeamQuest is all team members can ride at the same level so you could have 4 riders competing all at Intro level if you want - its great for building team spirit and confidence without the added stress that often comes without prompt on a show day. Quest Club runs from December to August but again skipping January. Its hugely popular at Cobham Manor with us as a yard fielding 4 teams - great fun, get in touch if you want to know more.
But we recognise not all of you want to join British Dressage and look to have a more related competition life so almost all our unaffiliated dressage runs at Intro, Prelim, Novice and Elementary levels.
All of our unaffiliated dressage shows are 'come as you are' meaning you do not need to wear show gear and can have any combination of tack on if you want - all we do is deduct a -2 penalty per rule offence for wrong tack or clothing as per British Dressage rules. There will be no elimination either, except in the event of a fall. We do ask however that you get into the habit of displaying 2 bridle/saddle cloth numbers and wear gloves.
In 2019, whilst not an affiliated event although running in accordance with BD rules, we are hosting qualifiers for the Iberian Dressage Masters series. Due to COVID-19, unfortunately we were unable to run any of our qualifiers despite being the only approved Kent venue that year. Here's hoping 2021 might look more promising
We are regularly running unaffiliated dressage to music AND beginners dressage to music clinics to help you pull your floor plan music and licenses together.
During the summer months we run evening dressage too - less classes but covering Intro, Prelim and Novice levels.
New in 2020, the Kent Winter Dressage Challenge kicked off, culminating in a final in 2021. COVID-19 once again has got a little in the way although we have managed to add in a couple of online qualifiers.
In 2017 we kicked started our new British Showjumping affiliation with a new team.
Our jumps and poles are gradually all being refurbished and we are gradually purchasing new items such as fillers to replace the previously tired stock.
We have monthly category 1 senior dates from April through to September.
In 2019 we welcomed the Area Junior Academy to the Centre for training and hoping to welcome them back next year - its always inspiring seeing the juniors jump so well!
We also host clinics with 2 BS accredited coaches: Chris Moyce and David Everett
Well what can I say other than this is just great fun for all with small prizes for the class winners.
We start as low as bottom hole and encourage riders to be led/assisted at this level. We peak at 1m classes at our unaffiliated events.
We always run lower level clear round approx an hour prior to classes commencing so you can always roll on up and have a go at clear round without needing to wear your show gear. During the longer summer days, clear round is also added onto the end of our schedules as well.
Through the summer we host monthly clear round evenings starting usually at 50cm-60cm going up to 1m - there are set times for each height increment which we find helps manage the flow of participants through the evening.
A fun clinic aimed at everyone! Whether you have a happy hacker, youngster, oldies, competition horse or childs pony, I cater for everyone.
This clinic will help with horse confidence, rider confidence, help bomb proof your horse and socialisation for horses.
The clinic can either be done ridden, in hand or you can start in hand and then get on board once you have tackled the obstacles.
Some months there will be a timed competition for each group with the fastest participants over the day winning prizes.
Visiting professionals hire the arena or venue to host their own events and clinics.
We regularly host dressage clinis with Leanne Wall L1 dressage judge and respected coach/trainer in the UK.
In 2019 we welcomed Mariana Broucher with her Perfect Your Seat clinics, Pippa Doran with 'Have A Go Side Saddle' , dressage trainer Marion Goggin and the highly popular unmounted Balanced Rider clinics!. Fingers crossed that we can start these up again in 2021.
For the jumping enthusiasts, BS approved trainer Chris Moyce comes to Cobham Manor with jumping clinics through the summer and Essex based BS course builder & trainer David Everett is on board with regular clinics throughout the year.
A new Combined Training clinic kicked off post Lockdown1 in 2020 with both Leanne Wall and Chris Moyce providing tuition to each participant on both the flat and jump. There will definitely be more of those in 2021!
We are looking for new ideas for 2021 and beyond so welcome you to contact us - we're cheaper than you think with hire for clinics on a per horse per hour basis. Hire for ticketed events are either on a % ticket sale or % profit basis.